Forgotten God by Francis Chan

Recently, the pastor at our church gave some messages based on this book. I enjoyed the messages so well, I picked up the book and read it again. I first got this book several years ago at a retreat I attended with some of the teens at our church, and it sat on my desk for several months before I picked it up. But when I did – WOW!!

Growing up in the church, I heard how the Holy Spirit is inside of me. I’ve known that, in my head, for a long time. But it really wasn’t until I read this book that I began to feel it in my heart and consider how I need to get out of the way… and allow Him to work more through me.

Jesus said in John 16:7:

“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”

I never really took that to heart until I read this book. I think the Holy Spirit is the most… “abstract” part of the trinity, and the part that most people (including myself) have a hard time understanding. Perhaps that is why it’s so rarely discussed in the Church – at least the ones that I’ve been a part of over the years. When I read this book, it brought a new level of respect, gratitude, appreciation and reverence for what He’s done for us. The Holy Spirit is inside of me – and He’s inside each and every person that follows Christ.

In the last chapter of this book, Francis asks a few questions that really made me think. Here’s those questions, followed by my own, honest responses:

Do you know what it’s like to be filled with joy?

Do you experience genuine peace regardless of your life circumstances?
Not really. I frequently feel stressed and anxious about various things in my life.

Do you consistently respond with kindness no matter what you receive from others?
Not really. I commonly respond in kind to how I’ve been treated.

I’m a work in progress, and striving to do better on all of these fronts. In the years ahead, I hope that I can answer YES to all of these, and that my family would concur. So how about YOU? How would you respond to those three questions?

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